Social Responsibility and Sustainability

Lab Awards

Work in a lab? The Sustainability Awards can give you the framework to help push your place of work to be more sustainable and reward good practice already taking place.

Labs Sustainability Award winners 2018
Labs Sustainability Award winners 2018

Recognition for your lab

Many different schemes now exist for assessing the sustainability of laboratories, such as LEAF, My Green Lab, and the NUS Green Impact Labs scheme. The University of Edinburgh has been operating its own lab sustainability scheme since 2013 as part of our long term commitment to improving the impact of our scientific research and teaching.

The Lab Awards are designed for lab-based staff. The Lab Award Toolkit can be applied at any scale, from a single lab up to an entire building or research centre. It is up to each team to decide how large of an area to enter in the Lab Awards, and teams can enter at Bronze, Silver or Gold level.

Take part in the 2021/2022 Lab Awards

With many staff continuing to work from home, this year's Awards will look a little different. This year there is not a fixed timeline to take part and complete your chosen level, instead, we are inviting all teams to continue their participation at their own pace. As different parts of the University are facing varying challenges, both existing and new teams can sign up at any time, including when still working remotely.

Where lab-based staff have been able to return to their labs, we would encourage teams to continue to maintain and build on their sustainable practices. The Lab Awards criteria should still be achievable, and beneficial, for both new and returning teams, and of course are adaptable to all enhanced health and safety priorities.

Take the time now to sign up for this year's Awards, and get started on the actions that will help your team build back better for when you fully return to the lab.

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Track your progress


 Sustainability Awards online platform

Register your interest

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